What Happens After the Resurrection?
The resurrection is monumental. But what does it mean? Jesus Christ raised himself from the grave–defeating death, hell, and the grave. Death could not hold him. After the resurrection He went to meet the disciples. In spite of their fear and doubt, Christ showed grace and patience in showing them the wounds in His hands, feet, and side. Doubting Thomas often gets a bad rap, but in the end he declared Jesus as “Yahweh” in the flesh–the God of Israel! “Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!'” (John 20:28). Knowledge of the Risen Lord changes things for us. The power of God was fully on display in destroying the hold of death on His Son. Understanding this, the most pivotal event in all of history, should quicken our faith in Jesus–and urge us tell others the good news!
In John 16, Jesus himself had told the disciples it was for their advantage that He would leave this world and return to the Father. Only then would the Helper (Holy Spirit) be sent to dwell in the hearts of believers. In the first chapters of Acts we catch a glimpse of the Spirit’s power at Pentecost–where Peter preaches Jesus as the Messiah, the Spirit falls, and about 3,000 souls are saved! Things start happening quickly because God is chasing people down to redeem them to himself. The believers devoted themselves to prayer, teaching, and fellowship with each other. Even the lame were healed! In Acts 4, things keep moving forward as Peter and John are arrested and beaten for preaching in the name of Jesus.
“So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.'” – Acts 4:18-20
We also have knowledge of the resurrection. We are living in the “already but not yet” period because we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts, but still await the second coming of Jesus. The world needs to hear this message of the Gospel. They need the words of life. May we continually be overcome by the glorious resurrection of Jesus. May we live with the same boldness of the early followers such as Peter, Paul, John, Stephen, and Barnabas. May we constantly be found on our knees, seeking the same boldness from the Holy Spirit that drove them to spend every ounce of themselves for the glory of Christ and the salvation of souls.